Everyone needs time to get away from the stress of day-to-day life. Mental health retreats offer a sort of mental detox, providing a place to decompress and come away refreshed. But not all mental health retreats are created equal.

Here, we’ll take a closer look at different kinds of mental health retreats so you can decide what’s right for you.

Types of Mental Health Retreats

There are two primary types of mental health retreats: recreational retreats and medically supervised retreats.

Recreational retreats typically involve spending a few days at a luxury resort to unplug and unwind. Your time may be filled with massages and other spa treatments to help you feel pampered and relaxed. These types of mental health retreats are like a vacation, giving you time away from your regular routine in a serene setting. Retreats may include keynote speakers and workshops, activities like hiking and biking, and therapeutic elements like meditation and yoga. What these recreational retreats lack, however, is a mental health treatment plan.

Like recreational retreats, medically supervised mental health retreats allow you to get away from your regular stressors and relax in a calm setting. But supervised retreats go beyond escapism, with personalized treatment plans to help you deal with the root causes of any mental health issues. After all, if you have a mental illness, a few days at the spa won’t cure what ails you.

Structured clinical programs, on the other hand, are designed to provide the tools you need to heal, with 24/7 access to psychological counseling and medical care. Bonus: Because they offer medical services, inpatient mental health treatment centers may take  insurance, while recreational retreats typically do not.

Benefits of an Inpatient Mental Health Retreat

If you have depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or another mental health issue, an inpatient mental health retreat may be just what the doctor ordered.

Consider the following benefits:

  • A place to get away from everyday stressors
  • A safe space to address the issues you’re experiencing
  • Therapeutic and holistic activities to support your total well-being
  • Treatment for mental health issues you may or may not be aware of
  • A plan to support your long-term care

In addition, at a luxury retreat center like Beachside Rehab, you’ll reap the benefits of mental health care in a tranquil, upscale atmosphere. Rather than recovering in an institutional, hospital-like environment, you’ll enjoy premium accommodations in a picturesque South Florida setting.

When Is It Time to Go Inpatient?

If you’re experiencing mental health problems that go beyond basic stress and fatigue, consider an inpatient mental health retreat. After all, serious mental health issues require clinical mental health care.

Keep an eye out for these symptoms:

  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Hopelessness
  • Debilitating anxiety/panic attacks
  • Frequent outbursts of anger
  • Risky behavior
  • Personality change

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it could be indicative of a problem that should be addressed by a mental health professional. Don’t fall into the trap of self-diagnosis—leave the diagnosing to a licensed provider. At an inpatient mental health treatment center, you’ll receive professional assessment and care.

Most mental health retreats offer the opportunity to escape daily stressors and relax in a therapeutic atmosphere. But if you have a diagnosable mental health condition, you also need medical support. An inpatient mental health treatment center can provide the help you need to reset your mind and rediscover joy in your life. 

If you’re ready for a mental health retreat, call Beachside Rehab at 866-349-1770 to learn more about our inpatient treatment programs. We are a Mental Health Retreat that accepts insurance. Our caring admissions counselors can help you get started on your healing journey.